FIRST PROTOTYPE SKETCH- Feb 2014
by: Amy Appleman of Dafoe Designs
Boardz N' Bagz • Jeffersonville, IN
I first came up with the concept for HundoBall back in the Fall of 2013 while watching an episode of Shark Tank. As a skee-ball league operator/entrepreneur, I was trying to dream up an outdoor alternative to skeeball with the simplicity of cornhole. Something that I could use to form a social sports league during the all too brief, but glorious, Chicago summers. Several Google searches later I learned there were plenty of games out there similar to my idea, but nothing exactly like what I was imagining. I didn't want holes drilled in a board. I wanted a large, imposing base with a steep incline. Instead of bean-bags landing on a board, I wanted bean-bag balls you could toss towards skeeball-esque point holes, wth rims around the holes to serve as a "catch", decreasing in size as the holes escalated in point value. I wanted something reminiscent of skeeball and cornhole, but unique enough to stand completely on its own. I described my vision to my girlfriend, an elementary school art teacher, and BOOM- HundoBall was born!
Creating the prototype was not easy. At first I tried to enlist a few handy wood-working buddies local to Chicago who'd expressed excitement around the idea. However, after several trips to Home Depot and costly failed attempts, it became clear that this project was going to need more of a professional touch.
Boardz N' Bagz
In the Spring of 2014 my father connected me with a business named Boardz N' Bagz, based in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Their parent company, The Simpson Co., had done the hardwood floors in his house and he remembered them having a sister business who specialized in producing high quality cornhole boards. After several meetings and months of planning and preparation, two beautiful, furniture-quality prototypes were born.
• Next Steps
Creating HundoBall was the first step in a much larger goal. We are looking to test, refine and perfect not only gameplay, but the physical board itself. We'd like to create a travel version for "John Q tailgater", and have hopes that one day HundoBall will be a popular outdoor recreational activity across the country. Doing that is going to take some help. We still exploring our options and looking to do a KickStarter campaign sometime in the near future. This would help us not only in protecting the intellectual property of the game, but also to explore different manufacturing processes and materials to lower production costs and scale. We've got a long way to go, but hope you'll join us for the ride!
- Mike Fraser